Cloud subscriptions have become more or less the norm, especially when it comes to digital information. Still, some security cameras today enable SD cards option. In fact, cloud subscriptions and SD cards have entered a sort of tug-of-war for customers’ data but as a consumer, you’re probably wondering: what’s better?
Several of the YI and Kami Home cameras, like the Kami Home Wire-Free Outdoor Camera, have the SD card option. It can ensure that the recording is safely stored even when the connection is down, making it a great back-up option. But SD card storage should be perceived as precisely that: back-up.
The cloud subscription, on the other hand, provides a much more robust, flexible and convenient option for storing your recordings.
1. Accident Protection
Arguably, one of the main functions of a home security camera is to provide a layer of protection against accidents. When such do occur, however, it’s important to know your data won’t be compromised. Theft, fire or even a natural disaster can result in the loss of your camera and, if you’re entirely reliant on SD card for storage, this means also losing the recordings and your personal data!
This is particularly true for the Kami Wire-Free Home Security Camera. We’ve invested in portability and flexibility so you can prop your Kami over the front door or even a branch in your yard and in the unlikely event that the physical camera gets lost or damaged, the cloud storage ensures that the videos remain accessible and safely stored.
2. Data Security
Similarly, a cloud subscription not only ensures your videos won’t get lost if your camera does but also protects your personal and sensitive information. Sure, the SD card is convenient but if someone does steal your camera, it also means they’ll get access to any recordings, saved on the card. When uploading a video to the cloud, however, all data is secured via encryption. Moreover, the Kami team offers additional security options in the form of password protection. The latter is an opt-in feature, so if you feel like the cloud encryption is enough, you won’t even need to set up a password.
3. Unlimited events
When was the last time you remembered to check, swap or clear an old SD card? That’s what we thought! SD cards are convenient but they come with one major caveat: their storage is not infinite. This can be particularly concerning in the context of home security: if your SD card is running out of storage, your camera may overwrite a crucial event.
4. Full clips and longer history
With the Kami Home camera, you can get a free or premium cloud subscription which records 6-second clips around triggers. With the premium, the cloud will store videos of any length captured during the storage period (between 7 and 30 days, depending on the plan). With one of the plans, you can even have continuous recordings for 7 days straight!
There’s plenty of cloud storage options you can choose from depending on your needs or how you plan to use the Kami Wire-Free camera.
With all your recordings up on the cloud, you can easily browse old videos or preview recordings of the day in the Kami Home App. With an SD card, you still need to take it out of the camera, pop it in your laptop or computer and then review the footage. With the unlimited cloud storage, you can go back in time, arguably enjoying much greater flexibility.
While cloud subscriptions are certainly more advantageous than SD cards, the latter do have their benefits, which is why the new Kami Wire-Free Home comes equipped with both. Enjoy greater flexibility, convenience, and full control over your video recordings, all while knowing your data is protected even in the event of a power outage.